December 15, 2014

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- Registration Open for 2015 Federal Economic Development Forum
- 2014 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals is Out
- Leadership Summit Session Highlight: Discussion Roundtables
- Real Estate Development & Reuse in Conjunction with Leadership
- The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out
- December Webinar: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
- Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- December 15 Job Listings

Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Federal Economic Development Forum

Register by Friday, January 16, and save with our Early Registration Rates

IEDC's Federal Economic Development Forum is the only annual gathering bringing together top federal economic development policymakers and thought leaders with economic development professionals from across the country.

Why should you join your peers in Washington this spring? Consider this:

Learn: Nowhere else will you get the latest information on current federal programs and initiatives. Be the first to know what is coming down the pipeline. Participate in two days of workshops, roundtables, and interactive sessions.

Teach: You will have direct access to dozens of officials and agencies that want your input on how their programs are working - or not working - in your community. The future of federal economic development is in your hands!

Collaborate: There is no substitute for direct, personal contact. The Forum is specifically designed to maximize interaction between economic developers and Federal officials, ensuring lasting connections beyond the final session.

Mastering federal programs to benefit your community is no easy task. Attending the Federal Economic Development Forum is a vital component to any economic development strategy. Register today and take the first step toward making the federal government work for you!

2014 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals is Out

Year after year, IEDC's Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals has remained the industry standard reference for compensation, demographic, and professional activity information. Data from thousands of economic development professionals make this an authoritative report of exacting detail.

And now, for the first time ever, all of this valuable information is available digitally. Also new this year, Canadian practitioners have the option of purchasing a report that includes country-specific data only.

» Purchase the 2014 Salary Survey
» Purchase the Canadian Version of the 2014 Salary Survey

Leadership Summit Session Highlight: Discussion Roundtables

Gateways to Economic Competitiveness
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

Register by Friday, December 26, and save with our Registration Rates

The always-popular Discussion Roundtables allow conference attendees to exchange information and ideas on key economic development topics in small groups of their peers. There are no formal presentations, just an open conversation where everyone has a chance to contribute or simply listen if they choose. This year's topics include:

1. Keeping Wealth Local with Alternative Regional Currencies
2. It Takes a Village: Building Public Support
3. Learning from Failure
4. Is Green Development Still Buzzworthy?
5. Niche Tourism: Staycations, Farm Tourism, and Festivals
6. Placemaking as Part of Your Economic Development Strategy
7. Branding your Food Region
8. Crowdfunding for Economic Development Organizations
9. Perception and Reality in Economic Development Marketing
10. International Marketing and Cultural Perceptions and Sensitivities

Check out the full Summit program, expert speakers, and register today.

Real Estate Development & Reuse Training Offered in Conjunction with Leadership Summit

Real Estate Development & Reuse
January 22-23 | Palm Beach County, FL

This course clearly articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatements, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.


Mark Barbash, FM
Chief Operating Officer
The Finance Fund

James Russell, CEcD
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
The Pizzuti Companies

The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out

View a PDF or the Professional Development page of IEDC's website for detailed course information

2015 Training Courses Include:

- January 22-23: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Palm Beach County, FL
- February 5-6: Business Retention and Expansion, Phoenix, AZ
- February 26-27: Managing Economic Development Organizations, Baltimore, MD
- March 12-13: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Denver, CO
- March 26-27: Technology-Led Economic Development, Arlington, VA
- April 9-10: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Atlanta, GA
- April 15-17: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Indianapolis, IN
- April 29-30: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Vancouver, BC
- May 7-8: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Ottawa, ON
- May 13-15: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Baltimore, MD
- May 21-22: Business Retention and Expansion, New Orleans, LA
- June 4-5: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Madison, WI
- June 10-12: Economic Development Finance Programs, Atlanta, GA

Still Spaces Left for our December Webinar: Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers

Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
December 17, 2014 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Craft spirits is a $10.2 billion market and growing fast. According to the American Craft Spirits Association, there are at least 350 craft distilleries in the United States today - a figure projected to pass 500 in 2015. The craft spirits industry holds economic development opportunities in tourism, manufacturing, revitalization, exporting and more.

What issues challenge the growth of craft distilling? Many state governments still have Prohibition-era legislation on the books, and often, local restrictions stifle growth as well. At the same time, many states are quickly making progress at changing laws to allow on-site sampling and sales at distilleries, while guilds are forming to address industry barriers and engage in marketing and consumer events. Economic developers can foster the growth of these homegrown manufacturers and destination magnets by addressing policy barriers, building partnerships, and more.


Nicole Austin
Engineer/Distiller, Oak View Consulting
Master Blender, Kings County Distillery
President, New York State Distillers Guild

Penn Jensen
Executive Director
American Craft Spirits Association

Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015

Please consider volunteering for one of these important assignments in 2015. Our advisory committees are an excellent place to network with your peers, engage with the challenges of strengthening our shared profession, and learn about trends and topics that will impact the work that we do. Download our Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF) or visit our website to learn more.

IEDC Advisory Committees include:

- Accredited Economic Development Organizations Committee
- Basic Economic Development Course Advisory Committee
- Education and Certification Advisory Committee
- Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee
- Higher Education Advisory Committee
- International Advisory Committee
- Membership Development Advisory Committee
- Public Policy Advisory Committee
- Sustainability Advisory Committee
- Young Professionals Advisory Committee

Please contact our Director of Membership, Phil Goodwin at or (202) 639-9106.


Visit Accrinet's siteAccrinet is a digital agency that assists economic development organizations in leveraging the Web to attract companies into the region, cultivate entrepreneurial efforts, manage and grow membership, raise money, publicize causes and communicate with key constituencies.

Visit Atlas' siteAtlas is a niche economic development marketing and technology firm that helps economic developers effectively reach site selection and prospect audiences while generating the greatest gains in economic development recruitment, retention, and investor activity for the lowest cost. Atlas deliver branding, website development, GIS mapping, marketing strategy, and creative campaigns with a staff experienced in economic development. Atlas is a high performance economic development marketing partner of IEDC. The agency's economic development marketing work and technologies have been named among the best in the country by international industry and professional organizations across North America. Led by a former economic development practitioner Atlas has worked with 125+ different economic development clients in 43+ states. Our approach and experience means that our campaigns generate an average of three to as many as ten times the response of other campaigns.

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Request for Proposals, Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc. (Hot Springs, AR)

The Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc. are interested in acquiring a professional consultant or firm to facilitate a comprehensive redevelopment strategic planning effort for the Downtown Historic District in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Qualified consultants are invited to download the full RFP package from the website: under the "News and Events" section.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of December 15

Got openings? Place your job ad with IEDC and get four weeks of exposure to more than 20,000 economic development professionals across the nation and beyond. Simply fill out the online form.

» Visit the Job Center for details on each listing.

December 15, 2014
- Deputy Economic Development Director, City of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Boca Raton (Boca Raton, FL)
- Vice President of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor, MI)
- Economic Development Director, City of Springfield (Springfield, MO)
- Assistant City Manager for Strategic Initiatives, City of Hudson (Hudson, OH)
- Business Recruiter III, Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Oklahoma City, OK)
- School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

December 8, 2014
- Director, Economic Development, St. Mary’s County Government (Leonardtown, MD)
- Executive Vice President, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) (Newark, NJ)
- Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) (Newark, NJ)
- Economic Development Manager, Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc. (Lutz, FL)
- Economic Development Coordinator, City of Fairmont (Fairmont, MN)
- Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, City of Port Lavaca (Port Lavaca, TX)
- Director, Department of Economic Development, State of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
- President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance (New Orleans, LA)

December 1, 2014
- President/Chief Executive Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark, NJ)
- Director - Business Intelligence, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, FL)
- Senior Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission (Portland, OR)
- Director of Business Development, North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) (Florence, SC)

November 24, 2014
- Community Services Program Coordinator I, Hillsborough County Economic Development Department (Tampa, FL)
- Community & Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Bloomingdale (Bloomingdale, IL)
- Chief Economic Development Administrator, Economic Development Division, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
- Finance Officer Economic Development Division, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2015 Leadership Summit
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

2015 Federal Economic Development Forum
March 29-31 | Arlington, VA

2015 Economic Future Forum
June 7-9 | Madison, WI

Web Seminars

Free: Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop
December 16

Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
December 17

Transforming Your Elected Officials into Champions for Economic Development
January 21

"Smart" Economic Development: The Advantages of Cutting-Edge Tech Tools
February 18

Designing Places and Building Economic Success
March 11

Training Courses

Real Estate Development & Reuse
January 22-23 | Palm Beach County, FL

Business Retention & Expansion
February 5-6 | Phoenix, AZ

Managing Economic Development Organizations
February 26-27 | Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
March 12-13 | Denver, CO

Technology-Led Economic Development
March 26-27 | Arlington, VA

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
April 9 - 10 | Atlanta, GA

Economic Development Credit Analysis
April 15-17 | Indianapolis, IN

IEDC Services:

Did You Know: IEDC Members have access to our economic development policy blog?

New IEDC Members:

New Milford Economic Development Commission
New Milford, CT

City of North Chicago, IL

Hanover County Department of Economic Development
Mechanicsville, VA

Boyden Global Executive Search
Baltimore, MD

Ephraim City, UT

Clearcreek Township
Springboro, OH

City of Raleigh, NC

City of Fontana, CA

City of Ashland, WI

International Sign Association
Alexandria, VA

The Development Authority of Heard County
Franklin, GA

Knox County Government
Knoxville, TN

MarksNelson LLC
Kansas City, MO

Membership Contact:
Phil Goodwin
(202) 639-9106

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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